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Cummins Falls

Standing 75-feet tall and carrying the eighth largest volume of water in the state of Tennessee, this waterfall at the Cummins Falls State Park is a picturesque travel destination located in Cookeville.

Inexpensive permits are required to enter the gorge, where a 2.4 mile out and back trail along the Blackburn Fork River offers scenic landscape views. There are two river crossings, so hikers should expect to get wet. Alternatively, visitors may opt to enjoy an elevated view of the falls from an observation platform, without fee.

Prone to flash flooding, children twelve & under must be accompanied by an adult, as well as wear a life jacket while at the falls or swimming. In case of emergency, signs are posted which indicate safe levels during a flood, and there is also an evacuation route.

Despite seasonally low water levels and very cold water, yesterday, the area is nevertheless beautiful and certainly worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood. Facilities include restrooms and a gift shop, and dogs are welcome.


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12 responses to “Cummins Falls”

  1. Ashley Avatar

    Thanks for the information and the wonderful photos, Phil, I would need to win the lottery to get across the pond and visit the amazing places you photograph. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend 🙋‍♂️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks Ashley 👍

  2. Indira Avatar

    Great location and lovely pictures!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Indira ~ so glad you like it 🙂

  3. Inge David Avatar

    Prachtige reeks en mooi fotowerk! fijn weekend!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Heel erg bedankt, mijn liefste! Ik wens jou hetzelfde!

    1. Phil Avatar

      TY dear Hannah 🙂

  4. Pam Avatar

    It’s very possible I will get to visit Tennessee one day and see some beautiful waterfalls. Your images are so crisp it’s easy to imagine being right there.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Very good, Pam. I know that you would enjoy the scenery, and Cummins Falls is always a lovely spot to visit. Generally, TN waterfalls are beautiful, though do fluctuate with the season – particularly with smaller falls. Therein, hiking in late summer and autumn often reveal low water levels, sometimes dry. If you do make plans to visit, I’d be happy to share any information with you which may be helpful regarding waterfalls. Thank you my friend & have a great day 🤗

      1. Pam Avatar

        Sweet! I’ll keep you in mind when I travel that way.

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